Legislation Considered To Step Up Ethanol Production In Colorado

State legislators are drafting a bill that would give Colorado some of the nation's strongest requirements for ethanol use, but one state senator says it's not going to ease the nation's energy crisis. The Legislative Rural Economic Development Issues Committee gave approval to a bill that would require that gasoline be blended with five percent ethanol state–wide by 2007 and 20 per cent by 2013.

Ethanol is derived from corn and is thought by many to be an economic boon to Colorado's farmers.

Grand Junction State Senator Ron Teck agrees ethanol could be a help to farmers in the state, but he says there could be more problems with ethanol than solutions.

The Rural Economic Development Committee also advanced bills to help the biodiesel industry. If the committee gives final approval later this month the bills will be introduced next year when the full legislature convenes.

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